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Interview: Amy Hennig on Making Uncharted 2, Maximizing PS3, and More

Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise is arguably now one of the key IPs on PS3, right up there with Resistance, Killzone, Ratchet and Clank, and God of War. Marketing the first game in the series wasn't so easy, however, according to Creative Director Amy Hennig, who spoke to IndustryGamers recently for an in-depth interview on the game making process for Uncharted 2, working on PS3 and more.

Hennig explained that there was no "hook" to Nathan Drake, and that made selling the concept a bit challenging initially. "There were some concerns on the previous game I think. To be honest, I think it was a little bit of an enigma for people. It's not a very typical game. Even though we're coming from this action-adventure tradition, I think people were looking at the game and wondering, 'What's the hook?' We're looking at Drake in a t-shirt and jeans... how do we sell this guy? He's not Kratos and he's not a space marine, so how do you communicate this somewhat ambiguous message that if you buy this game you'll be playing a summer blockbuster? I think it took us a while, both internally and at Sony, to figure out how to get that message across," Hennig explained.

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Rowsdower3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

I think our game (Uncharted 2) is proof of what can be done, and we're not pushing the hardware as far as it can go. When we talk about really using the hardware to its full potential... we've got all the SPUs running but we can still optimize our code. If we do another game on this hardware it's going to look better than Uncharted 2.

- amy henning, page three of the article

talltony3273d ago

"When we talk about really using the hardware to its full potential... we've got all the SPUs running but we can still optimize our code. If we do another game on this hardware it's going to look better than Uncharted 2."

nycredude3273d ago

"When we talk about really using the hardware to its full potential... we've got all the SPUs running but we can still optimize our code. If we do another game on this hardware it's going to look better than Uncharted 2."

Change "if" to "when". We know it's coming and I can't FVCKING wait!!!

ico923273d ago

uncharted 2 has truly set new standards in level design, graphics, story telling,and character development its a superb game and proof that you don't need the most complexed writing to be a great story loveable characters incredible character development is enough its an amazing game and one of the best games i've played scince resident evil 4 on the gamecube i highly recommend to any action adventure fan.

Aquarius3273d ago

"If we do another game on this hardware it's going to look better than Uncharted 2."

OMG!!!!! O.O

sikbeta3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

"When we talk about really using the hardware to its full potential... we've got all the SPUs running but we can still optimize our code. If we do another game on this hardware it's going to look better than Uncharted 2"

I knew it from the begining, they can do an even better game if we talk about graphics obviously, ND is amazing

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Oldsnake0073273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

lol if every game would look like Uncharted 2, i wouldnt care if ps3 maxed or not.

Uncharted 2 set the bar, and others need to follow

red2tango3273d ago

I should now be allowed to complain when a console game looks subpar. Ex. Call of Duty (textures), Halo 3 and expansion pack, etc.

dtrain213273d ago

Did it even beat Halo ODST in sales in America. Prolly not

Oldsnake0073273d ago

wow what what a pathetic dude you are. You wanna talk about sales ?

well, GT5p outsold Forza 2 and Forza 3 is a flop with just 200 k sales in US.

ico923273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

uncharted 2 9.6
halo odlc 8.3 metacritic

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crazydrummerlad13273d ago

this was 1 gooood a$$ interview

BYE3273d ago

She's definitely one of the smartest persons in the industry.

Very enjoyable read overall.

dtrain213273d ago

PS3 fanboys do not buy games and only Xbox 360

WMW3273d ago

"PS3 fanboys do not buy games and only Xbox 360" and ony 360? what are you talking about kid. i think you need to stop taking whatever MS is giving you.

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